Linda Kroeger invents memory games
Fun and games. Whether you’re young or old, everyone likes to have fun. And that’s one of Linda Kroeger’s passion— bringing enjoyment to residents at the Prairie Ridge Assisted Living facility in Waupun, Wis.
As the Life Enrichment Coordinator at Prairie Ridge, Linda completes personal assessments of the residents, plans the activity calendars for the RCAC, CBRF and Memory Care units and facilitates activities in the RCAC and Memory Care units.
Working one on one with the residents is the most rewarding part of the work she does—seeing their smiles and expressions of joy and thanks when someone takes time to stop, listen and show they care.
Recently, Linda developed two new games for the residents which provide mental stimulation and promote conversations. One game, Garden Talk, promotes talk and memories about garden produce, life on the farm, “vic-tory” gardens, canning and more.Although designed for people with the beginning of late stage dementia, the game has proven to be a conversation starter for intergenerational groups.
The second game, Circle Talk, includes topics which include Dream with Me, My Sports & Leisure, Anything Could Happen, Hidden Tidbits, My Food/My Preferences and Giving Back. This game is a great tool to promote interesting conversation whether with old friends or new acquaintances.
Wendy Lucht, T.R.S., director of SeniorActivity Sales at Nasco, was excited about the new games when she visited with Linda recently. Lucht said they had been looking for just these kinds of games for her division within Nasco, a company that specializes in providing quality products for activity professionals working in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other senior care settings as well as to teachers, farmers, ranchers and industry.
Linda has been involved in providing activities for senior adults since 1995. She received certification as an Activity Director from the National Certification Council forActivity Professionals. She became a certified Dementia Specialist through the Alzheimer’s Association and received her Dementia Unit Coordinator training through the Beverly Corporation.
She graduated from Dr. Martin Luther college in New Ulm, Minn., with a degree in elementary education and a minor in English.
Linda and her husband, Jeff, live in Beaver Dam, Wis. They have a teenage son, Jonathan. Linda is the daughter of Hadley and Verda Seeklander of Hazelton.